Castles, Hadrian's Wall & the Lake District

Castles, Hadrian's Wall & the Lake District

6 Days



Castles, Hadrian's Wall & the Lake District

6 Days Starting in Newcastle and ending in Penrith

Visiting: Newcastle upon Tyne, Alnwick, Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle, Vindolanda, Catbells, Keswick, Helvellyn, Penrith, Europe

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Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 16

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Age range:

16 to 99

Trip Styles:

UK tours by Coach


Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

For an adventurous getaway combining history and hiking, few destinations can compete with the windswept wilds of northern England. Here we meet long-gone monarchs and marauding invaders at Alnwick and Bamburgh castles, both seen in TV shows and films, including Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and The Last Kingdom. We also cross to the tidal island of Lindisfarne, the birthplace of Christianity in England, and walk a section of Hadrian’s Wall, which once marked the northwest boundary of the Roman empire. We end the trip in the Lake District where we hike two peaks – known locally as fells – for astonishing views over perhaps the most beautiful rural landscape in the UK. Did you know you can travel by train to this trip? Find out more here


  • Explore the bewitching Alnwick Castle, which stood in as Hogwarts for the first two Harry Potter movies

  • Venture to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to admire historic priory ruins

  • Tour Bamburgh Castle, a striking fort on the Northumberland coast

  • Hike a section of Hadrian’s Wall, the UNESCO-listed northwest boundary of the Roman empire

  • Hike Cat Bells for unforgettable views over the Lake District

  • Summit Helvellyn, a walk considered among the most beautiful in the UK


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Day 1 : Arrive Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Our adventure begins in Newcastle, once a titan of industry, now transformed into a business hub and cultural powerhouse. We gather at the hotel reception at 6pm to meet each other before a If you arrive with time to spare, you could walk to the Tyne Bridge, a Grade II*-listed arch spanning the river after which it was named. Opened in October 1928 by King George V, it is now the most famous of seven bridges crossing the Tyne and an icon of the city.

Accommodation: Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle

Day 2 : Alnwick And Alnmouth


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We leave the city and head to Alnwick, an ancient market town guarded by an imposing Norman castle. Our exploration starts with a walk around town, before we head to Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in the UK behind Windsor Castle.

Built in the 11th century, the fort was originally a defensive stronghold – seen in the extra-thick stone walls – but has more recently become a picturesque setting for TV and film, featuring in Downton Abbey and as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter movies. Our visit includes a wander round the lavish state rooms and the opportunity to try archery, take broomstick flying lessons as Harry Potter once did here, and visit the artisans courtyard to experience 14th-century life.

This afternoon, we head to the coastal village of Alnmouth, where rows of pastel-coloured fishermen's cottages and stone houses line the River Aln. Here we explore the traditional high street, dipping into gift shops, cafes and pubs. The leader can recommend somewhere for dinner, but what better way to cap a day of tradition than with fish and chips on the beach, a classic British seaside experience?

Ascent: 302ft (92m)

Accommodation: The Oaks Hotel, Alnwick

Day 3 : Lindisfarne And Bamburgh Castle

Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle

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We head to Lindisfarne (also known as Holy Island) after breakfast, which is considered the birthplace of Christianity in England. This tidal island is cut off from the mainland by the sea twice a day; don’t worry, we check the tides before making the journey across.

Here we visit the ruins of a 12th-century priory, which was founded by Norman monks and played a vital role in introducing Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England. We also walk past a castle that was converted into a private holiday home by Sir Edwin Lutyens, an architect who had a major role in the formation of New Delhi, India.

We then take a tour of Bamburgh Castle, which you may recognise from the Netflix series The Last Kingdom. Built on a rocky plateau right next to the Northumberland coastline, this imposing fort has played guardian to the area for more than 1,400 years, hosting several kings and witnessing many bloody battles.

Ascent: 200ft (61m)

Accommodation: The Oaks Hotel, Alnwick

Day 4 : Hadrian’S Wall To The Lake District


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Today we head across the country to the Roman ruins of Hadrian's Wall, a Unesco World Heritage site stretching 73mi (117km) from coast to coast. This 1,900-year-old relic once marked the northwest border of the Roman empire, cutting through the still-wild landscape.

During our walk, we visit Vindolanda, a complete Roman garrison, which has been excavated for years and is still being uncovered. We also visit Sycamore Gap, immortalised in Kevin Costner's Prince of Thieves (1991 and one of the most photographed trees in the country. After, we take a bus transfer to the Lake District, a beloved national park of spectacular rural landscapes and quintessential old English towns.

Ascent: 400ft (122m)

Accommodation: The Royal Oak, Keswick

Day 5 : Walk Up Cat Bells

Catbells, Keswick

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Today we embark on a classic Lake District experience: fell walking. Our fell (the name derives from an old Norse word meaning mountain or moor-covered hill) is Cat Bells, one of the most beautiful in the region and not a strenuous hike at just 1,480ft (451m) tall. At the top, we have wonderful panoramas taking in the countryside and the expansive lake known as Derwent Water.

This afternoon, we take the ferry back to Keswick. Then we have free time to relax or explore this historic market town.

Ascent: 600ft (183m)

Accommodation: The Royal Oak, Keswick

Day 6 : Walk Up Helvellyn


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breakfast, dinner

Today we tackle our second peak, Helvellyn, the third highest fell in the Lake District at 3,118ft (950m) tall. It’s been called the greatest walk in England with stretching views over the rural landscape; we go up and down via the easiest route available with no steep inclines. At the top, we can marvel at the whole Lake District; at the bottom, we stop for a pint in the King’s Head, a 17th-century coaching inn turned traditional pub with sensational views over the landscape.

Ascent: 2,500ft (762m)

Accommodation: The Royal Oak, Keswick

Day 7 : Transfer To Penrith


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After breakfast, we begin our return journey home. To make things easy, there’s a transfer to Penrith where there are hourly trains to London and Scotland. We will arrive at Penrith station by 10am.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, two dinners

  • Entry into Lindisfarne Priory, Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Vindolanda

  • Leader throughout and mountain guide on last day

  • Minibus throughout

What's Not Included

  • Flights and rail journeys

  • Visas

  • Insurance

  • Single supplement (we need a rate for this if available)


All breakfasts and two dinners are included.


We use three hotels on this trip, in Newcastle, Alnwick and Keswick. Below are the accommodations we typically use.

Newcastle: Royal Station Hotel (night 1)

The Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle is a Grade I-listed retreat within an easy walk of the train station and city centre. The rooms are classically styled and there’s an in-house cocktail bar and leisure club.

Alnwick: The Oaks Hotel (nights 2-3)

The Oaks Hotel in Alnwick provides comfortable rooms in a traditional British pub constructed from honey-coloured stone.
Keswick: Royal Oak (nights 4-6)

The three-star Royal Oak in Keswick town centre is a boutique-style accommodation within an 18th-century coaching inn. Over the years, it’s welcomed a host of literary luminaries, including Lord Tennyson, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott.

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    Up to 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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